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Wash Away The Winter Dryness with Dial

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Wash Away The Winter Dryness with Dial

I am so ready for Spring, so ready to shed the bulky clothes and to bear my arms and legs, but before I do, I have to get my skin silky smooth.  Dial® which is famously known for it’s skin care products has done it again with the new Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash infused with Marula Oil.  Marula Oil contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, reverse photo damage, boost cellular activity, hydrates at the deepest levels and repairs the skin.

Dial® has incorporated Marula Oil with a new Micro Oil technology which is a major trend in hair care and cosmetics and now we can have it in our showers as well.


Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash is great for both men and women, hubby and I use it every night in the shower and not only does it have a wonderful Blue Lotus scent, it also lathers up richly and rinses cleanly.  There is no oily residue and just a little Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash squeezed onto a loofah is a perfect way to end the day as you prepare for a good night’s sleep.



If you want to learn more about the Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash please visit their Facebook page.  I received a FREE bottle to sample, and Dial® also generously sent coupons for me to share.  Please leave a comment as to how you are getting skin ready for Spring and I will choose 2 winners on 3/26/15, who will each receive a coupon (valued at $4.49), to be used towards one FREE bottle of Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash Dial Coupons

New Year ~ New You

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DIY Statement Necklace Holder

DIY Statement Necklace Holder

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  If you are like me and love costume jewelry or perhaps went overboard purchasing statement necklaces from Walmart, then this DIY is for you.  

I have several jewelry boxes and holders, but a few years ago my necklace collection got too large so using just a few supplies, I created a necklace holder that sits on the floor in our spare bedroom.

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I purchased the pegboard from Home Depot and had them cut it in half so that I could add hinges making it easier to stand on the floor in my closet.  This is also a great way to display jewelry if you sell at Yard Sales and Flea Markets.

Statement Necklace DIY Supplies


Pegboard purchased at Home Depot

If you prefer to keep the pegboard full size to hang, then attach it to a wooden frame first.  You can then hang it on your wall or inside a closet door, just make sure it’s not too heavy with a lot of jewelry otherwise it will fall down or pull away.


Hinges @ Home Depot Pegboard Hooks @ Home Depot

The pegboard hooks are usually found a few aisles away from the pegboard which I don’t understand, but there’s a large assortment to choose from.

If you prefer not to screw on the hinges use cable ties as they are very sturdy and will hold the two pieces together. Save yourself some money because Cable Ties can also be purchased at Dollar Tree.

Cable Ties @ Home Depot

Go to my YouTube channel to view the how-to video,  you will see how an unorganized mess became a more organized mess with this easy DIY Statement Necklace Holder in just a matter of minutes.

Statement Necklace DIY Mess

How do you keep your jewelry organized?  

Statement Necklaces organized

New Year ~ New You.


Beer Bread with Sausage and Cheese Dip

Beer Bread with Sausage and Cheese Dip

Hello friends and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  In honor of the holiday I wanted to share a few simple recipes with you; Beer Bread and a Sausage and Cheese Dip.  This was something that my girlfriend, Delma had made to bring to last month’s Girl’s Night In, and I have been wanting to make it ever since.

Making Krusteaz Beer Bread


Using a box of Krusteaz Beer Bread mix, a 12 oz can of beer or any carbonated beverage and 3 tablespoons of melted butter is all that is required to made this bread in less than an hour.

Krusteaz Beer Bread

The Sausage and Cheese Dip was made with 16 oz of browned Jennie-O Turkey Sausage, 16 oz of melting cheese, and 1 can of Ro*Tel tomatoes, slow cooked for an hour.

Ingredients for Slow Cooked Cheese Dip

This is a filling feast that will be the highlight of a dinner party, Sunday Brunch, Girl’s Night In or a Boy’s Night Out.  I hope you have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day Holiday.  Eat, drink and have a lucky day!

Beer Bread and Cheese Dip

New Year ~ New You


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Glass French Coffee Press

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  You guys know that I am not a ‘fru-fru” coffee connoisseur, as evidenced by this pic, however, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good cup of coffee!

coffee in the cold

I recently had an opportunity to review the Francois et Mimi French Coffee Press and if you watch my YouTube Video “Brunch with Blake” you’ll see that it made a really good cup of coffee.  To be honest with you I had to search online to first see how to use a Glass French Coffee Press and although I appear clumsy on my video it really wasn’t that hard to do.

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Start by removing the lid, then add boiling water to the coffee press just up to the metal ring.  Place the lid back on so that the pot can warm up for about 10 minutes.  Remove the lid, empty the water then add more boiling water this time just enough for how many cups you want to make.  I was making just enough for myself, so I put 2 scoops of coffee grounds onto the metal tray, then put the lid back on and slowly pressed the plunger down to just above the water. 

French Press Coffee

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I let it sit allowing the coffee to brew for approximately 5 minutes, then slowly pressed the plunger to the bottom for another 5 minutes.  After the allotted time, I pulled up and removed the lid and plunger and poured a cup.  I wasn’t going to taste the coffee on camera but it smelled delicious and so without adding any sweetener or cream I took a sip…it was awesome and my facial expression proves it.  Check out the video!

French Coffee Press 6 This is definitely a great product to have and it makes a really good cup of coffee. Due to my time constraints during the week (running late to work) I will probably use it only on the weekends, hey I might even splurge and get a fancier (more expensive) brand of coffee…nah

Check out, if you think you would be interested in ordering a Francois et Mimi Glass Coffee Press for yourself or to give as a gift.  

What is your favorite brand or style of coffee?

New Year ~ New You.



Saying Goodbye to the Snow

Saying Goodbye to the Snow

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  Today on this soggy Saturday, I think we can finally say “goodbye” to the snow, but with a few more weeks of winter, I will not be saying “goodbye” to my winter whites.

Wearing Winter White in the snow

I was never one who stopped wearing white after Labor Day, however, there are a few ways in which to wear white in the winter to keep it seasonal.  Please click the link below to read more of these tips in my article in magazine.

Wearing Winter White with boots

Wearable White Silhouettes Will Make You Feel Like the Fashionista You Are

Enjoy the weekend and Stay Warm!

New Year ~ New You!


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Hey mom…I didn’t mean to..but…


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“Hey mom…I didn’t mean to…but…”  If you are the mother of a tween, teen or kid in college you’ve probably heard this statement before.  Our son, a freshman at Bowie State University is notorious for going over his monthly phone data plan, and he blames the school for it’s unreliable Wi-Fi.  However, even before leaving home he often had the same problem, so the time has come to make a change to a more affordable, reliable and a Simply Prepaid™ plan.


With the introduction of Simply Prepaid™ from T-Mobile switching plans will not only help us save money, which can be used for books or laundry, it will also provide him with the services he needs; unlimited talk and text plus 4G LTE and all of this for only $40 a month. Also with the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ plan there is no contract to sign and it’s pay as you go.

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Last week, I drove to our local Walmart to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Avant and two (2) months of the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ plan.  Now when he comes home for Spring Break he’ll find these on his desk and he’ll be able to transfer all of his contacts as well as check his monthly balances with the ability to reload it with ease.

Simply Prepaid™

Simply Prepaid™

T-Mobile’s Simply Prepaid™ is not only great for kids who are away at college, but it also helps the busy family on the go.  For just $40 dollars a month you get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text to stay in touch with the kids after school, after practice, or when they are heading out with friends. 

Check out this short video which shows how T-Mobile’s Simply Prepaid Plan can help your family stay connected.

  • Get Unlimited talk, text, and data with your choice of a high-speed data amount(*with a max speed of 8Mbps) starting at $40/month
  • On T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4G LTE Network
  • No overages, credit check, or annual service contract required

Unfortunately, the wireless industry has decided prepaid customers should have to settle for less because of how they choose to pay, and oftentimes prepaid plans have slow data, a spotty network, and second rate phones or a less of a selection of phones.

Fortunately, with Simply Prepaid™ you’ll get 4G LTE data on T-Mobile and you won’t have to settle for second-rate prepaid wireless plan, you get the best in wireless, in a prepaid plan.

Now that I’ve got Malik squared away the next step is finding other ways in which to save as we plan for a summer vacation.

How will you be saving for your family’s vacation this year?

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Mid Atlantic Wine & Food Festival

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  On Sunday I attended the 2015 Mid Atlantic Wine & Food Festival which was held in The Atrium of the Community Education Building in Wilmington.  It was a fantastic fundraising brunchtime fete filled with food, fun, wine and enthusiastic entertainment.

Mid Atlantic wine and food festival


The Atrium was filled with tasty foods from 18 MidAtlantic chefs plus local wines, brews and spirits.  I wanted to try a tapa from each of the participating restaurants, but instead I chose restraint.  I did however, have an opportunity to sample the Peach Cobbler Cupcakes with Bacon Ice Cream from Desserts by Dana; it was an explosion of goodness.  The Egg Yolk Ravioli with Pancetta and White Wine Sauce was also an awesome creation from Piccolina Toscana.


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The Whipped Goat Cheese with Soy Pickled Shiitake and Chai Tea Pickled Grapes was a tantalizing treat to the palate and this creation was made by the chef from Wilmington Pickling Company



You know me, I couldn’t bypass the Wine Tasting or Bloody Mary Bars however, I only had one glass of a wonderful Sparkling Vidal from Crow Farm and Vineyard and a Calini Prosecco from the Tricky Rabbit brand.  I had no idea that there was a distillery literally in my backyard, about 30 miles south in Smyrna. Ron Gomes from Painted Stave had an assortment of cocktails and after trying just one I knew it was definitely worth taking a 20 minute drive down to make a few purchases!

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The presentations and tapas were excellent, including the Pickled Egg Salad on Toast with Lox, Smoked Egg Aioli and Chervil created by SoDel Concepts. Culinary Art students from William Penn HS Bistro at Penn Farm created several tasty treats including the “Gimlet”, Surf Clams with Lime Pudding and the Shallot-Cucumber Marmalade and Thai Pepper.

mawffest6 In addition to the extensive array of foods and wines, there were energetic and soulful performances by students from the Christiana Cultural Arts Center and Ku’umba Academy.  A portion of the proceeds were to help them with the purchase of instruments, check out their performances on my YouTube channel.  Lively music was played throughout the day by local DJ’s: Zip, Jang O’Fett and DJ JMack.

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There were so many smiling faces and friendly people in the Atrium that in between taking pics and sips I did a little networking; business card exchanging and thoroughly enjoyed meeting some new folks.




I am looking forward to attending the next Taste of the MidAtlantic event and hope to spend more time taste testing because I did miss out on these treats:

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Headed to Hollywood – Part IV – The Last Bookstore Tour

Hello friends and welcome to the last part of my fantabulous trip to Los Angeles (click here for Part III).  Part IV is titled The Last Bookstore Tour but it should be titled “The Lost Bookstore Tour” because this was definitely a bookstore that you could get lost in, not physically, but mentally! 

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store which opened it’s doors in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft, then it grew quickly into a 20,000 sq. ft. space located in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring.

The Lost Bookstore It reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode, it could have been a combination of “Time Enough At Last” and “Obsolete” both featured Burgess Meredith.  I could have spend literally an entire day just walking through and reading the titles or looking at the art work on the walls, and still not have enough time to just sit down and read.

The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA There were literally hundreds of thousand of books covering all subjects, categorized by title, interest or simply by the color of the cover.  Your senses can be delighted or overwhelmed depending on how much of an interest you have in reading.

The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA The Last Bookstore LA You can sell, trade or donate books, albums, records and works of art.  I am sure that if there is any book that was ever written and you wanted to read it, The Last Bookstore would have it or find it for you.

awesome art work

The Last Bookstore in LA The Last Bookstore in LA oh, and by the way, these are just half the pictures I took, there are many more on my mobile phone so there will be a part two to this part 4 post! 

too tired to read

New Year ~ New You

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Dance Away the Dust

Dance Away the Dust  

Do you know how many calories you can burn by simply dancing?  

Do you know how quickly you can clean a room by simply dancing?

dancing and dusting  

Exercise and discipline doesn’t always have to go hand in hand.  Exercise can be enjoyable!  Recent studies shows that dancing not only burns a lot of calories, but it also reduces stress and it’s fun because you are not counting reps or keeping count so put on your ‘boogie boogie” slippers, grab a dust cloth or mop and get to movin! 

Dancing is a total body workout so if you dance 3 times per week you could lose as much as 20 pounds in a year!  You will be improving your balance and boosting brainpower and who doesn’t need that?

You don’t have to be a talented dancer with a lot of rhythm or even very young, Latin dances such as the cha-cha revs up the calorie burning and makes your tummy tighter.

Try dancing the Salsa or doing Zumba to shed even more of those stubborn pounds.  Check out these adorable dancers from Ku’umba Academy who performed Sunday at the MidAtlantic Wine+Food Festival and take notice of the woman in the back.

Dance and dust to drop the pounds, get super sexy legs, banish back fat and bingo wings and you’ll also get the housework completed sooner!  

Enjoy the rest of your day.

New Year ~ New You



Coconut Oil in the Cold

When you think of coconut, you probably think about the tropics, but last weekend was the perfect time for using Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil because it was cold.

Coconut Oil Avi


Saturday was our monthly “Ladies Night In” and with snow still on the ground, it was also a perfect time for each of us to test the Fractionated Coconut Oil. After using a little or a lot depending on the “ash level” on our hands, we all agreed that the Fabricated Coconut Oil was a non-greasy, fragrance free oil that definitely made a difference on our skin.  


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The Fractionated Coconut Oil can also be used as a massage oil, as a hair and scalp treatment, on your face or body as it does not clog pores or leave a greasy residue.  It is colorless, odorless and easily washes out of clothing and sheets.  This is a 100% Pure Base and Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Massage Use and Therapeutic Recipes.

So if you are looking for a skin moisturizer that works well in the cold, go online today at and order a bottle of Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil, your hands will thank you – ours did!


New Year ~ New You